Matt Damon May Join Neill Blomkamp’s Sci-Fi Adventure ‘Elysium’

By  · Published on December 10th, 2010

We don’t make a habit of covering unofficial casting announcements because they invariably end up changing shortly thereafter, but we make exceptions when the talent involved make us tingle. Such is the case with this latest bit of news involving Matt Damon and District 9 director, Neill Blomkamp.

Deadline Pogo is reporting that Damon is in negotiations to star in Blomkamp’s upcoming film Elysium. Sharlto Copley has previously been announced to star in the science fiction film that has so far seen plot details kept under wraps. Copley of course starred in Blomkamp’s surprise hit debut as well as The A-Team.

If it happens this would only be Damon’s second foray into live action science fiction. This March sees the release of The Adjustment Bureau co-starring Emily Blunt. The film is based on a Philip K. Dick story, and while it’s been delayed already more than once it remains one we’re very much looking forward to. Here’s hoping these two talents can converge to make something even more exciting and thought provoking than District 9.

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